Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate is a chemical compound that is a white solid crystalline, but often appears as a fine powder. It has an alkaline and salty taste.
The ancient Egyptians used natural deposits of sodium bicarbonate creating a paint for their hieroglyphics.
In 1846, John Dwight and Austin Church, two bakers from New York established the first factory developing baking soda.
Baking soda is used for all sorts of things, from cooking to cleaning, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo and even medicinal practices.
1Some of the medical uses include:
- Mixing baking soda and water creates a very effective antacid
- Baking soda elevates pH levels
- A paste made with water and baking soda will treat allergic reactions from poison ivy/sumac
- Baking soda can help with the removal of splinters
- People with kidney failure that are treated with the addition of sodium bicarbonate show a decrease in the progression of the disease.
Sodium bicarbonate is essential for our health. Within our bodies, the pancreas and kidneys produce bicarbonate to protect the kidneys. When these two organs experience a decline in bicarbonate production, acid builds up and our bodies have trouble neutralizing this build-up. Cellular deterioration begins at this point and our bodies require a treatment that will remove the acid build-up and supply an increase of nutrients, oxygen and water.